Convention Theme

In Conversation

Elected leaders know the value of communication. As communication tools continue to multiply, we are becoming more connected, more engaged, and more involved. Community members want a say in how neighbourhoods are built, what our road networks look like, and what local governments spend tax dollars on. People in our communities are looking for information, and a connection to elected representatives in order to influence change.

Communications that are highly developed and ever changing is the way of the future. Through blogging or tweeting, community consultation via Facebook, or podcasts and online video of key announcements, there are more ways than ever to connect with the community.

As local governments explore the potential of these tools, the basic questions of good governance remain: are we hearing what the community is saying, and does the community hear what we are saying?

This year's Convention theme is around communication. Whether it's with local residents, other levels of governments, or our teenager at home, this year's focus will be on improving these relationships by examining how we relay our messages and how we receive feedback.

As we gather in the Capital this year, we can also put our minds to our partnerships, relationships and communications with the provincial government as we strive for effective and clear messaging – in conversation.

The conversation has begun, and together we will see where it leads.

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